Still, there are pockets, small pockets, where at least in the fourth quarter of 2011 the housing market looked better than it did a year ago. The telltale signs: an increase in median sales prices, an increase in the number of closed sales and a decrease in the number of days on market.”

 

 

—“Pockets of hope in housing despair: Sales activity, prices picking up in selected Chicago-area ZIP codes” (Mary Ellen Podmolik, Chicago Tribune)

 

Part of an occasional series highlighting data that help us understand barriers to achieving economic security.